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Wildlife and Other Sightings: Jerusalem Cricket

September 15, 2012 Posted by: BW - Mather District Volunteer Interpretive Ranger

 Jerusalem Cricket
Stenopelmatus fucus
    
Jerusalem Cricket

August 2012
Hodgdon Meadow Campground
This unusual insect is the Jerusalem cricket. Taken a few weeks ago at the Hodgdon Meadow campground, this picture shows some of the cricket's distinctive characteristics; a large head and a rounded striped body. These wingless insects spend most of the time underground where they use their large jaws to eat roots and other plant material. Crickets like this can be found throughout the western United States and into Mexico.   

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Did You Know?

Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.